By Rabbi Jack Zimmerman,
Staff Evangelist at Jewish Voice
You would think that after 52 years on the throne, King Uzziah would recognize that the Temple of God should remain pure; you wouldn’t think he would bring incense in to defile it. When King Uzziah insisted on burning incense in the temple, he was struck with leprosy and remained leprous until his death (see 2 Chronicles 26:16-21).That was a total change of character for the king. He started out great, but he didn’t have a good finish.
But God had something different in mind for Isaiah, because God took the coal and brought it to his lips. The coal was incense. Incense and the misuse of it killed King Uzziah at the end, but the incense that was presented by the angels to Isaiah was God’s blessing on him.
Isn’t it wonderful how God takes lemons and gives you lemonade?
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